March 14 2012 11:39AM
Last time out, it was the Booth Show.
Booth and the Canucks, much like Stella, need to get their groove back.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #70 - Coyotes @ Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks are stuck in a funk - a middling, down-tempo ungroovy funk. Coach Vigneault took to his blender again during Tuesday's practice to mix up the lines, in hopes of shaking the funk out of his star players and getting them back to being funky on the ice. Despite the moderate amount of success the Canucks have had lately, it is clear to everyone around the team that they've hit a wall. At this point, they need to try anything to awake from their slumber, which is quickly reaching a coma-like state.
Tonight against Phoenix, the club, its coaches and its fans hope to see the likes of the Sedins, Luongo, Burrows, Hansen, Raymond, Edler and others rise from the smouldering ashes and soar once again.
March 14 2012 09:41AM
Today's infographic takes a visual look at the Canucks’ final 13 games of the season. As you can see, the Canucks have an easy schedule. They host a majority of the remaining games, and they play opponents like Columbus and Edmonton, who are miles out of contention. This is good news for the worry warts, as the Canucks should manage some easy wins down the stretch. The outcome of the final 13 games can influence who the Canucks face when the playoffs roll around, and hopefully the team will manage to somehow stay motivated, and pile up some easy wins!
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March 14 2012 08:09AM
Since the Canucks granted Cody Hodgson's trade request, the talented rookie pivot has played in 8 games with the Buffalo Sabres. During that stretch Buffalo's club has been extremely successful, going on a 6-2-0 run that has them squarely in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Despite the team's success: Cody Hodgson has been struggling to produce offense, generate opportunities and drive play. In 8 games with Buffalo, Hodgson has generated only 12 shots on goal (four of them in his first game), and he's been held pointless while averaging slightly more than 15:15 of ice-time per game. To contextualize how much the rookie's ice-time has increased since he was freed from the iron tutelage of Alain Vigneault - the Canucks bench boss only doled out in excess of 15:15 minutes to Hodgson five times total, in fifty-five games in Vancouver this season.
March 13 2012 05:20PM
Daniel Wagner demonstrates his slick investigative skills.
Today he uncovered that Malhotra used to sport cornrows, and also a 'fro.
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March 13 2012 03:12PM
News broke earlier today that the league will allow Alexander Radulov to join the Nashville Predators for the balance of this season, and for the playoffs, without being subject to rule 13.23 of the CBA and having to pass through waivers. This is a little bit odd, and required a special agreement between the NHLPA and NHL. While Radulov still has to meet with KHL officials, the path is cleared on the North American side of things for the winger to make his NHL return.